The U.S. Green Building Council Central California presented awards to local innovators who are proving themselves to be the leaders in energy and environmental design — also known as LEED —during an award dinner and fundraiser on Tuesday.
LEED provides designers and developers with a set of guidelines for building more energy efficient buildings and maintaining them. In Central California, between Kern and Merced counties, 107 projects have received LEED certification over the last seven years.
The honorees include:
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Architects and Engineers of Fresno who received the Contractor with Most LEED Buildings Award for having nine projects.
• A single-family house in Tulare, known as the 907 Windsor remodel, received the award for LEED Project with Highest Points Achieved for earning 97.5 points out of 100 for a LEED Platinum project. Platinum is the highest level of certification.
•University of California, Merced
was honored with the award for Owner with the Most LEED Buildings. There are 15 LEED buildings on campus.
“Green buildings are gaining traction in our region,’ said Laura Gromis, the nonprofit’s executive director. “Within the last two years, the number of LEED buildings in our area nearly doubled and we are hearing from the building industry that demand for sustainability in building is increasing.”